Apply by Monday, March 28th to become a 2022 – 2023 GC Digital Fellow

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Are you looking for a fellowship that will challenge you to enhance your existing technical skills? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team? Do you like working with students, faculty, and staff to help them learn new digital tools and methods? If learning new open source technologies and helping others to integrate them thoughtfully and productively into their research sounds exciting to you, consider applying to become a GC Digital Fellow. 

GC Digital Initiatives is searching for new doctoral students to join our dynamic team. Together, GC Digital Fellows lead week-long digital research institutes, teach workshops on technical skills, create resources for GC students and faculty, and build digital projects that make use of the affordances of emerging technology while considering the ethical, social, and political stakes. In fact, the GC Digital Fellows have been recognized for their approach to teaching digital research skills by receiving a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award to create curricula and lead professional development workshops in digital humanities. 

This year, interested applicants can register for an information session on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 to learn more:

Typically, based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. GC Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects and implement them collaboratively. In the process, the GC Digital Fellows Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions. GC Digital Fellows are particularly invested in the way in which questions of race, gender, and social justice intersect with technology.

Our work includes:

GC Digital Fellows who join our team this year will play an instrumental role in opening the CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization (currently under construction). 

Graduate Center doctoral students at any level are eligible to apply, and we encourage applications from women and gender minorities and BIOPC. We hope to add strength to our program in graphic and web design, Python, and mapping; however, this is not an exhaustive list. We encourage those with other skills and interests to also apply.  

To get a better sense of our work, you can read the GC Digital Fellows’ blog, Tagging the Tower, and our semesterly blog post “What is GCDI?” You can also read our most recent annual report


Compensation for the fellowship will be a minimum of $29,115 for the academic year. Fellows will be appointed to the Graduate Center payroll as Graduate Assistant Bs (GAB) at their own current rate and also receive a Provost’s Award that will pay through the Office of Financial Aid. The GAB title provides eligibility to purchase the low-cost NYSHIP health insurance as well as in-state tuition remission for fellows who are within their first 10 registered semesters of doctoral study. Fellows who are past their 10 registered semesters of doctoral study will be eligible to receive in-state tuition remission at the Level 3 rate per the new PSC-CUNY contract. (This benefit provides for this tuition remission for a maximum of 4 semesters past the student’s 10 registered semesters.)

The initial DF appointment is for one year (exact dates vary and will be specified upon appointment). Determinations of DF re-appointments will be made on an annual basis up to three years, depending on individual eligibility and GC needs.

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete our online application form, which includes uploading a letter of interest (no more than 1-2 pages), a CV, a list of digital projects undertaken and/or completed, and the name and contact information for a faculty reference. (NOTE: Faculty reference letters are not requested at this point of the application process.)

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, March 28, 2022 to be considered.

Questions can be directed to Lisa Rhody (lrhody) using the standard email address.